Stress tends to occur when we are feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with life’s demands. These demands can be related to anything from work, school, family, friends, the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job or emotional stress. Stress can also be triggered in people of all ages.

  • Here are a few different ways to cope with stress that I take into account when I am feeling stressed.
  • If you enjoy being active, one way to deal with stress is to take up yoga. Yoga is known for guiding individuals to finding their balance and proper breathing.
  • Talk with a friend that you trust or a family member; they can help you figure things out.
  • Visit with a counselor. Counselors are there for that reason; it’s their job to talk to you and get to the root of the problems.

Curious to know if you experience stress? These are physical symptoms of stress:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Nervousness
  • Shaking

These are the emotional symptoms of stress:

  • Mood swings
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Changes in appetite

When I feel stressed or feel like the pressure is too much for me, I try to take a walk outside and clear my head. It feels great to have the fresh air around me. I also like to talk out my problems, whether its with my mother or someone else I trust, it always seems to make me feel better.  There is help out there when battling stress before hurting yourself or anyone else due to the amount of pressure you are experiencing, please seek help.  I know everyone is stressed by not getting enough sleep or the process of getting your Christmas shopping done or baking and cooking. Try to relax and have a friend help you figure it out. It’s better to have someone help you then doing it by yourself and remember you are not alone.


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